Specter: I’ll Call Up Grassley Today And Tell Him End Of Life Counseling “Not A Death Squad”

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Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) just told a crowd of skeptical progressives that he’s willing to take up and dispel the death panel rumor with perhaps its most respected proponent: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

Specter said he’d call Grassley from back stage and tell him “it’s not a death squad.”

Progress. Earlier this week, Grassley endorsed the false rumor that Democrats were proposing a “pull the plug on granny” provision in their health care reform legislation, then turned around and scotched an end of life counseling measure the Senate Finance Committee’s bill, alleging that it could be “misinterpreted” by the public.

Late update: Awwww. How sad. Seems Grassley didn’t pick up the phone when Specter called him. Wonder if he got tipped off!

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